Bird protection camps on Ponza and Palmarola
Ponza is a sparsely populated island, Palmarola is totally uninhabited. Its location far from the coast of Lazio makes it an important stepping stone for migratory birds. From March to May, bird-trappers travel here to set up traps for whinchat and other long-distance migrants, while hunters shoot quails and turtle doves outside the hunting season in spring. The small population here plays into the hands of the poachers - as every stranger stands out. Even during the crossing with the ferry travellers recognised as bird guards are reported to the poachers, which usually leads to a complete standstill of the hunting activity.
In order to get the situation under control, we have developed two strategies: At our bird protection camps we rely on a conspicuous overt and permanent presence as a deterrent on the one hand, and on small undercover covert actions in order to convict the poachers.